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Substance use disorder

Substance use disorder is a condition that results due to a pattern of continuous use of any substance like alcohol, cannabis (hash/weed), opiods, cocaine, cough syrups, sleeping pills and such that is pleasurable but the continuous use/act of the same becomes obsessive and leads to dysfunctionality in all spheres of life.

  • Feeling that you have to use the drug regularly – this can be daily or even several times a day
  • Having intense urges for the drug
  • Over time, heeding more of the drug to get the same effect
  • Not meeting obligations and work responsibilities or cutting back on social or recreational activities because of drug use.
  • experiencing withdrawal symptoms when you attempt to stop taking the drug.

Symptoms or behavior of substance abuse include:-

Many people who are dependent to drugs are also diagnosed with other mental health disorders and vice versa. The high rate of comorbility between substance use disorders and other mental health disorders calls for a comprehensive approach that identifies and evaluates both. Accordingly, anyone seeking help for either substance use or other mental health disorder should be checked for both and treated accordingly.

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